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windows xp logoIf you’ve been having trouble keeping your e-mails organized in Microsoft Outlook, you may want to try creating rules for your incoming messages. Rules can automatically direct e-mails to specific folders based on a number of criteria

The first thing you want to do is create several folders to sort your e-mails into. Right click on your inbox icon and select “New Folder.” Give it a name such as “work,” “family,” “friends,” etc. Create as many of these folders as you feel are necessary.

Next, find an e-mail from a source that you always want directed to one of these folders. Right click on an message from that source and select “Create a rule.” In the next window, put a check mark in the box that shows whom the message is from and click “Next.”

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Everyday more and more computers are becoming infected with Spyware and Adware (advertising tracking). No matter where you go on the web, someone is trying to sneak something on your computer. From honest web sites placing simple logon cookies, to paid advertising tracking your movements on the web, to malicious software that is designed to record your keystrokes and discover your passwords, Spyware and Adware have together become the web's number one problem.  

Many of these programs are down right dangerous and seriously threaten your online privacy and identity. But even the simple and supposedly benign Adware programs can cause you serious problems.  


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Saving Your Laptop after a Spill

Water, coffee, and soda are among your laptop's worst enemies. Just a little bit of such a liquid on your laptop keyboard can damage or destroy your machine or cause you to lose data.

Some laptops are more vulnerable to damage from a spill on the keyboard than others, and it doesn't always have anything to do with the price tag. Some keyboards have a thin rubber membrane beneath the keys with electrical contacts molded right into little domes under each letter; that design may feel squishy and cheap to some users, but it stands up better to a splash or a flood than a more traditional design with springs and exposed contacts. How do you know which type of design you have? Take a look for yourself by prying off a keytop; if you're shopping, you may be able to get the information from the manufacturer or a dealer.

The best way to prevent damage from a mix of liquid and electronics is to keep them as far apart as possible. Keep your laptop far away from cups of coffee, glasses of water, and cans of soda.

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